Thursday, 28 July 2011

Plinx Quickie.

You're all familiar with services such as SnipURL, TinyURL, etc right?
They take long, unwieldy web addresses and condense them down. Very useful, but a bit bland.

Wouldn't it be better if you could make any innocent URL look suspicious? Inject a bit of danger into your web-browsing? For example, would you click a link that looked like this:

Didn't think so, but you'd be perfectly safe to do so. It would just lead you to this very blog, replete with my grinning, boxy face.

This is the service offered by ShadyURL. I think they're doing important work, spicing up the prosaic world of surfing the net.

So, are you willing to take my word for it that this link is safe?
Go on, give it a click. I dare you.

Thursday, 7 July 2011

Plinx The Blog & Paul The Human.


I used to watch a lot of cartoons. I don't just mean when I was a child, but up until a few years ago. Then I kind of stopped (with the exception of the combined output of Matt Groening & Seth MacFarlane) because things just didn't seem as good. I imagine some of it can be attributed to me growing up but it feels more like the toons are just getting less innovative and unique. Cartoon Network seems to be getting buried in stuff like Ben 10, Generator Rex & Johnny Test.

In short, it feels like we've taken a step back from the anarchic lunacy of things like Cow & Chicken, Ed, Edd & Eddy & Courage the Cowardly Dog.

So is there no hope? Au contraire.


It's the best cartoon I've seen in ages and really feels like a breath of fresh air in a genre increasingly over-crowded with generic action toons.
It veers very close to being too 'wacky' but the end result is something that has you shaking your head with disbelief on a minute by minute basis. It's very colourful and there are characters made of rainbows and sweets but there's also a jet-black streak of comedy running through it.

It'd be best if you just watched for yourself, so here are the first two episodes. Drink it in, then go watch as much of it as you can.